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Lambertville Food Fair

We had such a fun time at the Lambertville Food Fair yesterday. We were a little nervous as there was a complete downpour on on drive there but it never seemed to hit Lambertville!
lambertville food fairFood trucks are still something I struggle with (think: roach coach) but these trucks and a few others have really changed my way of thinking about food coming from a truck. 

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos from Oink & Moo food truck. OMG SO AMAZE
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rittenhouse farmers market

Looking for something to do in Philly on a Saturday? Check out the Rittenhouse Farmers Market. Every Saturday its lined around the 18th/Walnut perimeter of the park. There is everything from amish flowers, lemonade, succulents, fruits, veggies, herbs and even seafood. Don’t forget to bring cash along as most of the vendors only accept cash.
rittenhouse farmers marketTo learn more about the Rittenhouse Farmers Market + other local Philly farmers markets check out their website.


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how to have the best summer picnic

Memorial Day weekend is the best start to picnic season! Get out your picnic baskets and get ready to hit the park.

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Have a quick stop to a market, or our fave philly pick, Dibruno Brothers. We picked up olives, prosciutto, rosemary gouda, mozzarella prosciutto, baguette, olive bread and a spicy pasta salad…and my favorite summer time drink San Pellegrino (in blood orange and clementine).

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Don’t have a large picnic blanket? Use a fabric tablecloth! We also used lilly for target napkins.

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laudree macarons nyc

I’ve caught the macaron bug and I’ve been dying to head to Laudree to try the queen of the macarons. It wasn’t too long ago that the notorious french pastry shop came to New York City from Paris and now has two locations. I went to the Soho location which also has a full kitchen and tea room. I was in a moderate hurry but plan on popping back in this summer for more macaron’s and tea.
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I picked up a box of 6 which is $21, which is a lot but this is something that I cannot make on my own (yet!) and I also didn’t want to eat them right away and if you buy less than 6 they put them in a little sleeve like you get at Starbucks and these delicate little gems would just have not survived NJ Transit back to Princeton. And well, life has been hard and macaron’s are great! (Also something to note is they don’t have a credit card minimum).

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A little about the shop: It’s gorgeous and feels like you are transported into a Parisian fantasy. The windows are decorated adorably and the shop has a bright mint exterior with a huge Laudree flag fluttering in the wind on W Broadway. The staff is so friendly. Honestly the reminded me of the ladies on Disneyland’s Main Street that serve ice cream, they look (and sound) like they flew in from Paris and they are so patient as you peruse the mountains of treats that you can get. You even get to choose the color box that you want (and they don’t seem to mind as you snap a few photos!).

window display laudree  Who doesn’t want to have a little dessert on this china?laudree tablesThey absolutely live up to the hype. They are so flaky, chewy but cripsy and obviously have amazing flavor. The one below is the Rose which is understated but fresh and smell heavenly.
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Laudree Soho Location
398 W Broadway 


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philadelphia brunch – cafe la maude

I am behind in my posting! What better way to give you some early morning drool worthy brunch pictures? I went to brunch with my friend Kendra and I’m so lucky that she hired me for my first job out of college and even luckier to call her a friend, not just a former boss! She lovely in every way and always knows everything there is to know about whats going on and what’s good in Philadelphia.

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We went to Cafe La Maude, a parisian-lebanese bistro in the norther liberties section of philly. It did not disappoint! The owner and his wife were right at the door greeting customers as they came in.

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Our brunch was amazing…are you drooling yet?caprese benedictAbove is the caprese benedict! It was just as amazing at it looks.

It’s the feel of Paris and the taste of Beirut all hidden in Philadelphia! You won’t find it by strolling the city so make a point to take a quick trip up to northern liberties!


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the bent spoon – princeton, nj

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One of my favorite things growing up is when we would approach our exit coming from school and on my favorite days my Grandpa would say, “should we stop and get a blizzard?” or “I think we really need some ice cream today”. I would eagerly await and see if he said it or if we would just go home. But the days he said it were the absolute best!  Conversations are best served over ice cream.These days I live from from any Dairy Queen but Princeton offers a good substitute in The Bent Spoon.

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The location is right in Palmer Square across the street from the University and its always packed! There’s virtually no seating indooors but its perfect to grab an ice cream (or sorbet) and walk around the square and peruse the shops.

blood orange and lemon curd / the bent spoon

Why is it that ice cream sounds good in freezing temps? We braved the outside bench for a while until it was just too frigid to enjoy.
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They offer up crazy concoctions (cardamon cinnamon), old faithfuls (vanilla salt caramel or mint chocolate) and new spins on things (NJ honey ice cream..) You can check out what flavors they are currently rotating by checking out their Twitter.


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New Orleans

I am lucky enough to been able travel frequently for work but its usually to the same general places. I recently attended a conference in New Orleans, my first time there, and my first time to really explore a city alone. I know understand why people travel alone…because its awesome.

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Here are some of my recommendations from my brief stay.

Hotel: I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott and it was so convenient. I definitely recommend staying there, its just a few blocks away from the French Quarter, quiet and clean! The only weird thing is that my room had no windows to the outdoors, only out into the interior of the hotel.

Food: I found Chartres House on Yelp a couple of weeks before I arrived. It’s located right off Jackson Square on Chartres. You can see more about Chartres House here. My table looked right out onto the street, hence the scary van in the picture. The food was amazing and I only wish I had more people with me to split and try more things. I think that’s the worst thing about traveling alone!

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Golden Local Eats: Atlanta

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When Andrea met up with me in Atlanta, we darted straight from the airport to Sun in My Belly. Could you think of a more divine name?

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They are rumored to have the best bacon in town… I mean look at it!

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We decided to split two plates as we couldn’t decide. Above, and in my opinion better a PLTB (pimento cheese, lettuce, fried green tomato and bacon sandwich). You can also get egg on it (whaaat!). We also got the Challah French Toast with bananas foster– it was good but that sandwich was beyond.

IMG_0209The entire restaurant is super enchanting and chic.

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I definitely can’t wait for my next visit to Atlanta!


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Golden Local Eats: Company Cafe, Dallas

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I am one of the fortunate ones that get to travel frequently for work. Now I understand,  that everyone wouldn’t enjoy this as much as I do, but I believe its a must in keeping me sane. A job thats simply a desk job, just isn’t for me. I need to be out and about, talking, meeting and doing things. One of the perks, besides getting just to network, I get the opportunity to see new places and get a taste of the local cuisine. I will highlight these in Golden Local Eats– but I can’t promise I won’t be drooling the whole time I’m writing…and dreaming of going back to all the places I’ve found!

This past weekend I was in Dallas, Texas with Steffanie, shes recently gluten-free (not by choice, unfortunately), but we were able to find an awesome gluten-free restaurant,Company Cafe. Steff was excited to get a gluten-free bun burger and I had the best fish tacos which had the biggest kick of flavor- AND had goat cheese on them! We got to dine outside on huge picnic tables under large strings of bulbed lights. It looked perfectly southern and a great summer night (in the spring). I cannot say enough good things about it!

They have a few different locations, but I would definitely recommend stopping by if you are in Dallas. Don’t these look scrumptious?

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See more of what they offer: http://companycafe.net